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An ancient kingdom of northeast India. It was especially powerful from the fourth century bc to the fifth century ad, particularly under the emperor Asoka (third century bc).
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16) "Thus monks, Ajatasatru, Son of Vaidehi, King of Magadha is wounded, thus he is done for.
The HV commences its treatment of Krsna's adult life with the slaying of Kamsa (adhyaya 76), the subsequent war with Jarasamdha of Magadha, and the relocation of the Vrsnis from Mathura to Dvaraka (80-86).
of Lausanne, Switzerland) offers evidence that Greater Magadha, the eastern part of the Ganges Plain in northern India, displayed an independent and vital culture until close to the beginning of the Common Era, and was not simply a passive receptor of Brahmanism and Jainism.
19) Bronkhorst maintains that Buddhism emerged from the non-Brahmanized, non-Vedic religiosity of what he calls "Greater Magadha," though the area would already have had contact with those movements (1-11).
Here, the most powerful state is Emperor Jarasandha's Magadha.
While Bronkhorst's arguments are challenging, it seems to me that they boil down to one basic fact: we lack concrete evidence, outside of the texts themselves, for the presence of brahmanical culture in Magadha at this time of the Buddha.
When Vaishali was attacked by King Bimbisar of Magadha she unknowingly fell in love with him.
An earlier source confirms that the original of this model was a statue enshrined in the renowned monastery of Mahabodhi in Magadha, which Wang Xuance visited in one of his three or four trips to India.
Vin I 43) The great ascetic has come to Giribbaja of the Magadha people.
Here, I must note that there are admittedly many cases where the Vinaya has accepted legal concepts from secular law; for instance, in the rule on theft itself, the stolen object, to incur the Ultimate Defeat, must be a valuable worth at least five masakas, an amount corresponding to the royal law of the Magadha country (Vin III 45, 47; Horner 1: 71, 75).
We come to wonder about the position of the Buddha in the conflict between Magadha and the Vajjis.
Norman does, that none of the canonical Vinaya accounts of the second council mention the king who was reigning in Magadha at the time of the council (304-306).